Transform Your Relationship with Food

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The Program...

Are you tired of the same old messages about food, nutrition and health? Are you interested in letting go of the inner struggle around body image and weight? Have you ever imagined a greater possibility when it comes to your relationship with food – a way of eating and living that could leave you truly nourished and fulfilled? It’s time for a fresh, new conversation when it comes to eating. It’s time for a breakthrough.  

This 8-week course is an opportunity to take a decisive leap forward with food! You’ll learn some of the powerful tools and techniques from the new approaches of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition that can help you create the change you need most. Marc David – Nutritional Psychology expert, best-selling author, and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating – will deliver easy-to-practice techniques to transform your relationship with food and energize your metabolism. This will be an inspiring time together where you’ll discover the nutritionist within, and learn to nourish your body in a whole new way.

Some Key Highlights of Transform Your Relationship With Food™ include:

  • The best tools for working with emotional eating
  • Simple strategies for natural appetite regulation
  • Hidden contributors to weight gain
  • Mind Body Nutrition techniques that fuel digestion
  • The nutritional power of pleasure
  • The unseen connection between metabolism and emotion
  • The potent influence of bio-circadian nutrition on energy
  • Regulating mood with macronutrient balance
  • How the physiologic relaxation response promotes calorie burning
  • Letting go of dieting, saying hello to eating
  • Change your thoughts, change your metabolism
  • Powerful strategies for a positive body image
  • Easy-to-practice tools for binge eating
  • Timeless wisdom teachings for healing your relationship with food
  • And lots more…

Transform Your Relationship with Food™ is for Anyone Who Eats

  • It’s for those who are tired of dieting
  • It’s for people who are in a battle with how their body looks
  • Its for anyone who has a challenging relationship with food
  • Its for emotional eaters
  • Binge eaters
  • Overeaters
  • Anyone with unwanted food habits
  • It’s for anyone who’s been trying to lose weight
  • It’s for people who have health concerns such as digestive challenges, immune issues, low energy, mood problems and others

Imagine the Possibilities

Imagine what would happen if all the energy you put into anxiety about body, weight and food was available for your life.

  • What would you do with all that extra energy?
  • Who would you be?
  • What would you create?
  • The possibilities would be incredible.
  • It’s time to stop draining your valuable life energy.
  • It’s time to take all that life force that goes into worry, perfectionism, self attack and anxiety about eating and use it to create the life you came here to live! 
  • Take charge in a whole new approach to personalized wellness.

Where Does this Program Come From?

Transform Your Relationship With Food™ was developed by Marc David, Nutritional Psychology expert, best selling author of the classic books Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet, and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Marc originated and developed the new approaches of Mind Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology, and is a pioneer and leader in creating an eating psychology for everyone.  

He’s been teaching, counseling and researching for over 3 decades and is dedicated to creating a positive, inspiring, results oriented approach to the full spectrum of our eating challenges. He’s combined various tools and distinctions from functional and clinical nutrition, along with a long list of psychological traditions that together create a fresh new approach that works. This approach is time tested with thousands of clients and tens of thousands of readers, students and followers around the world.

What Can I Expect From Transform Your Relationship with Food™?

Expect a lot – especially if you give a lot; any training or program is as beneficial as the work we put into it. We’ll give you all kinds of great tools, insights, and practices that are designed to have a powerful impact on your relationship with food, and on your metabolic potential. We’ll provide you with a framework from which to build a new and nourishing relationship with food and body. We deeply believe in the power of any member of the human family to heal, grow and transform. It’s never ever too late.

We’re inspired to do this work because indeed, we’ve seen it work so well. Helping and mentoring others to heal, to find peace, to awaken, and to break through to a new and healthier place is perhaps the most rewarding service we can do for each other. So you can expect a great sense of commitment and care from the staff here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and you can expect the following as well:

New insights + Plenty of “Aha” moments

Information you can truly use

A renewed sense of hope

More freedom with food

A renewed sense of hope

A new beginning with your body

Consider Transform Your Relationship with Food™? as a Great Choice if Any of the following Describes You!

  • You have a curious mind
  • You’re willing to look at yourself
  • You’re not afraid of a cutting edge approach
  • You’re open to new ideas
  • You’re tired of feeling stuck
  • You’re bored with the same old strategies and diets that don’t work
  • You’re ready for change
  • You’re tired of being told you don’t have enough willpower
  • You’re tired of beating yourself up
  • You know deep inside that there’s a better way
  • You want an approach to food and body that’s positive and uplifting  

We Think You’ll Love Transform Your Relationship with Food™ and will Benefit Tremendously

We’re excited to share our breakthrough body of work, and we’re committed to seeing each and every participant in our program find a whole new place of nourishment, health and freedom with food. It’s time to take a big leap forward!

Enroll Today! 

Discover the 5 Keys to Healing Your Unhealthy Relationship with Food

Would You Like a Sneak Preview of the Curriculum?

Here’s a taste of what we’ll be doing. This is by no means a complete look at the program – we simply want to give you a sense of how things will unfold. We’ll cover a significant amount of material in this 8-week course:

WEEK ONE: Foundational Concepts for a New Relationship with Food

This powerful presentation will lay the all-important groundwork for breakthroughs to happen and for true change to take hold. A few highlights include:

  • How to work with and understand any health symptom
  • A new view of eating psychology
  • How to see your eating challenges in a whole new light
  • Understanding how our issues with food originate
  • Key principles to re-inventing your relationship with food  

WEEK TWO: Harnessing the Metabolic Power of the Brain

In this pivotal session we’ll take an in-depth look at the important ways that mind, brain, and emotions impact nutritional metabolism. Some highlights include:

  • Tools to access the metabolic power of the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Increasing digestion, assimilation & calorie burning via emotion regulation
  • Letting go of toxic nutritional beliefs
  • A deeper understanding of emotional eating
  • How the brain i mpacts food addictionsand attachments  

WEEK THREE: Lessons from Dynamic Eating Psychology

It’s time to re-invent how we view our eating issues, and the practical approaches we take to fix them. In this session we dive into exactly what results-based strategies look like when it comes to transforming your relationship with food:

  • Positioning yourself for breakthroughs with food and health
  • The 7 key domains of life that impact our relationship with food
  • Discovering the brilliance in your eating and health challenges
  • Strategies for navigating any eating concern
  • Success stories  

WEEK FOUR: The Nutrigenomic Breakthrough

This session is a fascinating exploration into the leading edge of nutritional understanding. You’ll come away with doable strategies that can be metabolic game-changers. Some highlights include:

  • Simple yet powerful universal nutrition principles
  • A deeper understanding of what creates nutritional and metabolic health
  • Key dietary strategies for a greater sense of empowerment and energy
  • New insights from genetics, clinical nutrition and cutting edge research
  • Nutritional self-care made simple  

WEEK FIVE: The Psychobiology of Pleasure, Desire and Appetite

In this fascinating session you’ll come away with a fresh new perspective and powerful insights around managing appetite, hunger, and our inborn need for pleasure. Some highlights include:

  • A big-picture understanding of hunger and appetite
  • Effective tools for natural appetite regulation
  • Mind Body Nutrition techniques for overeating
  • Tapping into the hidden wisdom of binge eating
  • Using pleasure to fuel metabolism and enhance nutritional status  

WEEK SIX: Nutritional and Emotional Mastery

A detailed look at how our personal and metabolic worlds synergize to create health and vitality. This is a fascinating blend of science and psychology. Some highlights include:

  • Accessing the intelligence of the enteric nervous system – the brain in the belly
  • Harnessing the power of the gut-brain for empowering digestion
  • Enhancing energy with bio-circadian nutrition
  • The hidden connections between immunity, food and mind
  • Mastering your relationship with food  

WEEK SEVEN: Food, Metabolism and the Sacred

This is a time to focus on the deeper aspects of our relationship with food and how it’s impacted by the larger life lessons that we’re here to learn. Highlights include:

  • Finding the places that you hold back
  • Discovering your personal life lessons and their impact on health
  • How giving your unique gift is a powerful metabolic enhancer
  • Unleashing your authentic expression as a way to empower your relationship with food
  • The connection between food, health and spirituality  

WEEK EIGHT: Creating a New Nutritional Story

In our final session together we’ll integrate the lessons learned in this online retreat and chart a new course for a nourishing and inspired relationship with food. Some highlights include:

  • How our personal story impacts metabolism
  • Contacting your inner purpose around food and health
  • How to generate a long-range nutritional strategy that works
  • Managing obstacles into the future
  • Embracing greater levels of health, energy and freedom  

Here’s What this Breakthrough Program Includes:

Access to Our Exclusive Website

You’ll receive access to our easy-to-navigate private website that’ll be your home base for the duration of the online retreat. Each week a new class is released – and you can review that week’s material including videos, audios, and handouts.  

8 Inspiring Videos that Create a Strong Foundation

Watch Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and best-selling author, as he lays the foundational concepts for each week’s class and offers thought-provoking questions and inspiring musings about how to transform your relationship with food.  

8 Powerful Audio Classes

Each week also features a powerful audio class with Marc that dives into the heart of the material, concepts, and strategies to help you on your journey. All of these audio classes are yours to download and keep for life. After downloading, you can listen to them on the go and any time you need to revisit your relationship with food.  

Summary Handouts with Key Highlights

Each session includes downloadable PDF handouts of key highlights and the most important summary points from that session. This is a great way to reinforce your learning experience and focus on the material without the need to take notes. You can download these handouts and come back to them anytime you want a refresher.  

Plenty of Helpful Exploratory Exercises

With each week’s release, you’ll receive downloadable PDF handouts with journaling questions and introspective exercises to help you explore your relationship with food in a deep and powerful way. One of the important keys to transformation is practicing the right strategies that can take you where you want to go. You’ll have plenty of opportunity with these great exercises.  

A Private Online Community

Enjoy an exclusive Facebook group where you can engage and connect with like-minded and like-hearted others in this transformative retreat. This will be a dedicated, private space where you can share with others on the same journey. Ask questions for peer feedback, share insights and stories, and receive and offer support as you dive into the TYRF experience.  

Here at the Institute, we wholeheartedly believe in investing in one’s Health and Well Being

We want you to feel inspired about your life, and your relationship with food. If that means putting your money where it counts, then why hold back? We believe that a happier inner world and a healthy body are foundational to abundance. Normally, to receive the kind of value this program provides would require a lengthy amount of coaching or counseling that would far exceed the price of this program. Transform Your Relationship with Food™ is designed to deliver. We’ve done our very best to create a program that has real value. Invest in yourself with the commitment to succeed, and the payoff will be immeasurable.

Enroll Today!

Discover the 5 Keys to Healing Your Unhealthy Relationship with Food

Who Am I and Why You Should Listen To Me 

Marc David, M.A. is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating; a leading visionary, teacher, and consultant in Nutritional Psychology; and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. He has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company. Marc worked in product development in the natural foods and supplements industry, combining expertise in clinical nutrition, functional medicine, and natural health. He also served on the editorial board of the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. His humorous, engaging, and informative speaking style has made him a popular and well-loved presenter, and his non-dogmatic approach to nutrition appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for positive, inspiring, and innovative messages about food and metabolism. Marc’s work has been featured on CNN and NBC, and in publications such as The New York Times, Chicago Times, McCall’s, Glamour, Elle, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, WebMD, and numerous others. His books have been translated into nine languages. Marc has presented at a long list of professional settings including Harvard University, The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Omega Institute and many more. Marc earned his M.A. at Sonoma State University and trained at the Harvard Mind Body Medical Institute. He lives in Boulder, CO.

Success Stories from our Participants

"This is a whole new approach to eating and food issues using love, acceptance, learning how to evoke the relaxation response, and so much more. It has changed my entire relationship with food at this late stage of my life. This program has finally ended my preoccupation and obsession with food and dieting and even how I look. It has allowed me to be joyfully present in the moments of my life without the scrim of misery that always used to separate me from living. I am eating healthfully and without any restrictions whatsoever. My weight is normalizing and I feel such freedom from the pain I've lived with around these issues for most of my life. I highly recommend it to anyone who struggles with food, eating and body image issues. It will change your life."

~Susie Bedsow Horgan

"Before becoming a full time mom I worked as a registered dietitian for seventeen years. I have a masters degree in transpersonal studies and metaphysics. I found Marc's program to be the perfect blend of science, psychology, and spirituality. The course wove these three threads of life beautifully with a powerful message of self love. I highly recommend this course for all looking to explore their relationship with food. Thank you, Marc, for being a part of the journey of life for so many."  

~Rosemary Kelly

"I believe divine intervention led me to the Transform Your Relationship with Food online program. Eight weeks later… my eyes have been opened. The lessons I'm learning are life-changing. My scale is gone. Calories are no longer important. Apps on my smartphone have been deleted. I feel free, liberated, relaxed, and most important, hopeful. I'm beginning to listen to and trust my amazingly beautiful body. During the program, truths were spoken that have been bottled up for years. With the extra energy, I have been exploring and developing my spiritual relationship with God. The format of the program worked well for me. I loved being able to listen to the audios at my convenience. Marc, your words of wisdom are priceless. But, honestly, the most transformation arose from the journaling exercises. I was forced to dig deep. This is where I found the most growth and opportunities to evolve. If you are looking for a breakthrough around your relationship with food, THIS IS IT! The program was transformational for me and if you are willing to put in the effort, it can be for you too."  

~Lori Lippert, RDN 

"Marc's program has changed my life. Imagine finally being free. Free from your struggles with food and weight. Free to just live - to be the real you, to have love and joy in your life. So many of us want this, but feel we are not allowed to have it. Messages from our past, and from society, have taught us that we are not allowed to feel happy about ourselves until we are good enough - and we won't be good enough until we are skinny enough. Imagine finding out that not only is it okay to love and accept yourself right now as you are, it is necessary for finally achieving a sustainable transformation. Love, acceptance, and kindness towards self is Step 1, not the prize at the end. Imagine a philosophy that teaches how slowing down and relaxing into life, body, and your inner power is key. Doesn't that sound wonderful? Starving ourselves, bingeing and overeating, beating ourselves up, then starting all over again has not worked. So why not try this? You are worth it."  

~Sandy Macklem

"I took Marc's program because I have had digestive issues since 2013. I’ve tried so many things, but nothing has really helped until I realized that one of my problems was that I was really stressing about food. Food was my enemy. I was really confused. I didn’t know what to eat anymore. I am so glad that I took the program, not just because my relationship with food has changed, but because I have also changed… in so many ways. The program makes you rethink your life and guides you step by step to find your inner wisdom and claim your power back. I was going from doctor to doctor, from therapist to therapist, and was trying to be fixed; I felt broken. For me, the strongest revelation in the program was that “I am not broken… there is nothing to be fixed. I’m a perfect imperfect human learning on this planet.” I feel free from the limits I was putting on myself. My digestive issues have improved, I feel happier and I am not afraid of food anymore. I can choose better, and I can also listen to my body better. I loved to listen to Marc and be inspired. He was clear, direct and supportive. He gave you a lot of material, but at the same time he gave you the freedom to think for yourself and find your own truth. I would recommend this program to everybody, not only if someone has food issues. It is life-changing! Thank you very much!!"  

~Patricia Schebsdat

"I found tremendous benefit from the program! I do a lot of city driving in a stressful area and have found that I'm much more relaxed in traffic now. A great side effect of the program! I have spent a lot of my life in self-loathing… my mom was an effective teacher in that respect. I feel a whole lot more love for myself, patience with myself, and more love for the people around me as well. I'm eating much healthier, doing salads with lots of raw veggies for dinner, making my own dressings. I wholeheartedly recommend this program for anyone looking to have a healthier relationship with food and their body! Thank you Marc! You've changed my life." 

~Bonnie Little

"Transform Your Relationship with Food came into my life at just the right time. I've been in an ongoing troublesome relationship with food and my body for almost fifty years. Brought up in a home where "you can never be too rich or too thin" was the watchword, I started dieting and binging in my early teens. I never really had a good example to follow for a healthy relationship with food, much less one that was in any way connected to a Higher Purpose, Growth, or Learning. DIETING and anorexia and bulimia became part of my daily life for thirty years. My therapist suggested I try eating whatever I wanted and stopping when I was full, but it wasn't until I found this program that I got the skills and guidance to actually access the ability to do so. The audio presentations were wonderfully helpful. I journaled and took notes on everything Marc said. I did all of the exercises and couldn't wait for each week and each new "homework assignment." I felt a growing sense of power, especially from the concepts of slow eating and the relaxation response. I truly believe now that I am on a never ending journey in which I will not be perfect. I learn every day and work on spending the new energy I have on giving my gifts to the world." 

~Joan Barber

"I cannot say enough about the 8 week online class Transform your Relationship with Food. I knew after the first week that it was the missing piece in my weight loss journey. After countless attempts for well over 20 years (and really longer), I believe your program has provided the necessary tools to address the real issues surrounding food. It was definitely synchronicity when I discovered your transformative program. Thank you thank you!" 

~Amy Berkes-Cox

"I have been dieting for past 30 years and also tried exercising, but it was all in vain. Then I joined Transform Your Relationship with Food to help me with my health problems as well as eating challenges. This program was very powerful as it taught me a lot of things and made me reflect upon my own behaviour. The videos and articles were very informative. The journalling questions were also very beneficial. Since taking this program, I have started listening to my body. I eat what I like and I'm trying to know what should I eat according to my condition (diabetes). I never knew that my body spoke to me and told me what to eat and what not to eat. I am happy and no longer worried about my weight. I know and understand that it will become manageable slowly and eventually. I have come to accept and love my body, as a beautiful soul lives within it. I am deeply thankful for your contribution and efforts, as because of you I have started living a healthy life." 

~Nevin Rupani

"When I first heard about the program I immediately assumed it was not for me. But I've been on a journey of holistic nutrition and doing a lot of self work to get out of my own way. And something I've learned from that search is that usually what we deny ourselves and build walls against, is exactly what we are missing in our life. So I took a second look at the program, and although I'm not a binge eater, nor have I struggled to lose extra pounds, there was something between the lines. I knew it was for me. I decided to take the program. I thought, "What can I lose?" And, man, did I learn more than a few things about myself, about food, and about our relationship with nutrition and the true meaning of nourishing. I will recommend this program to anyone, no matter what path of your life you are in." 

~Pamela Wasabi

"I am listening to my enteric self and changing things about a bit. I am looking at foods with curiosity and body wisdom. I’m on a journey of learning what my unique body is asking of me - a journey in progress with continuing support from my TYRF facebook friends. I’m accepting that the love, compassion, and care, which I give out so readily to others, is for me too. Weight loss is insignificant but I’ve actually lost 2 UK dress sizes since commencing TYRF and no longer count points! I would recommend this experiential 8 week course. I’m 63 years old now and love each day. Thank you for all that you do." 

~Val Cady

"I have had a rocky relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Being that I'm 59, that's quite a long time. I've used food as my mother, comforter and protector; on the other hand, it has been my master and slavedriver. I have gauged my success and worthiness as a human being based on how well do with controlling my eating and weight. I came into TYRF looking for freedom. I have received the gift of a journey and the support I need to take this journey one baby step at a time. The lectures are amazing. Marc David has such insight into the psyche of the eater that it's mind boggling. As I've listened, I've found myself emphatically agreeing over and over again. The journaling questions encourage a lot of deep probing." 

~Devorah Shulman

"I found the class so enlightening and spot-on that I decided to go through the whole thing again. I am a stay-at-home mother of five children, and I am deeply grateful that you have chosen to share this message in a platform that is accessible to me in my home and on my phone so that I can listen as I go about my life. Your lessons resonate with me on a deep level. You have identified key issues that shape my relationship with food and my body. You have acknowledged the war on self that so many of us are engaged in - the pursuit of an ever-elusive ideal of perfection. It is a deeply paralyzing way of living, that steals our joy and our energy for life. You have connected the dots for me and taught me the importance of accepting what IS and working with that, rather than waiting for life to begin after I become perfect. Thank you so much for the love and generosity you pour into your work. I would like to be able to help other people in a similar fashion." 

~Kathy Holecek

"I have completed the 8 week Transform your Relationship with Food program and I want to say that it is a game changer! I had a food challenge of 25 years - bulimia, which I have recovered from, so I know very intimately how our false beliefs about ourselves, our body and our life can keep us in a destructive cycle. This program has taken my personal experience and my knowledge to another level. It is without a doubt the most inspiring, life affirming program I have ever done. Marc has a sincere desire to feed you with the truth about food, nutrition, body image and the truth of who you are. If you a ready to transform your relationship with food and body image and you no longer want to be a victim of your story, then this program is for you. It will illuminate your way, and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel." 

~Mary Paleologos

"My challenge starting the program was being afraid of food. I became sick 8 years ago and developed over a dozen food allergies. After years of gut issues, I only trusted a small handful of foods and lost my love of food. After listening to you explain that it's okay to try and fail, I have started to slowly incorporate different foods into my diet. So far, so good. It has helped me to slow down and learn to be in a state of gratitude. A work in progress. I am more optimistic about my life with food and life in general. The delivery was spot on. You don't sugar coat things. You tell us that it's trial and error and don't get upset if something did not work out the way we wanted. I am not used to hearing that it's okay to fail, But I needed to hear that.Thank you! I would recommend this to others because I believed everything you said and that it will work. When it works for me, then the proof will be in the pudding and I will preach it from the mountain tops." 

~Neal Shirley

"There is a saying, "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." I know I have been ready to hear what Marc shares in Transform Your Relationship with Food since about age 10 when I was first introduced to the idea of needing to be thin to be beautiful, accepted and worthy of love. Like most of us today, my beliefs around body image have been a source of a lot of pain and suffering in my life. With clarity and compassion, this program has helped me in my journey to understand the beliefs and patterns I have around food and my body image. Instead of shame, self hate and perfectionism, I feel more empowered to trust and listen to my body wisdom and make choices with self love and self compassion that support a healthy me. I am grateful to Marc for appearing in my life and sharing his wisdom." 

~Ellen Busche

"Coming into the program, my main challenge was learning how to eat 'normally' after having restricted myself according to calories for the majority of my life and having had borderline anorexia. Since I've started recovering, I've been very frequently overeating due to past restriction and some residue habits, and I have uncovered an emotional component to the overeating too. Now that I've finished the program, I have been able, for the first time in my life, to trust my body and listen to it. This program has helped me tremendously in my life. In fact, it has completely changed my life for the better, and I genuinely mean that! It has made me live a life I never imagined I could ever live in a million years -I've learned so many crucial life skills like loving myself and treating myself much more kindly than I've ever known how. The program was very helpful, and I genuinely looked forward to every week's content. The content was superb, and the exercises were thought-provoking, relevant and well thought-out. I would recommend this program to others because in the process of working out your eating challenges, it will work out all other areas of your life too. In other words, this program will improve your quality of life as a whole, as Marc's content looks at each one of us holistically and with such great energy and intentions." 

~ Tamara Ali  

"The Transform Your Relationship with Food course has been so inspiring, uplifting, loving, eye-opening, empowering and much more. I have loved every moment of this course. My challenge is an autoimmune disease that stopped my ability to work 10 years ago. Since my diagnosis I have been researching for the "perfect" diet to cure my disease. What foods to eat so I will be whole again. I have been on a merry-go-round for many years believing that the right combination of food is going to cure my disease. This has led me to binge eating which I have never experienced before, compulsive thoughts, attempting to control everything I did or didn't do right according to many well-meaning nutritional experts on the Internet. I have gained weight in the process. Today after completing this course I no longer compulsively research food, yay!!! I am learning to let go of the "right" "perfect" diet. My energy is better, I am inspired to find work that I can do with my health just the way it is. I am learning to listen to my body. What do I need? it's not always food. The support group has been beyond my expectations such loving, supportive responses from Marc David's team of professionals and the people who shared their experiences while taking this course. All these connections have help me to feel like I am not alone and I am accepted no matter where I am on this journey. I highly recommend this course to all who want to live a more peaceful, loving life. Marc David is a knowledgeable, gentle, loving, straightforward talker, easy to follow, simply beautiful person. I honestly believe this course is a life changer.. Thank you so very much!" 

~ Terri VanSambeek  

"I started this program because I was concerned about my emotional binge eating habits. I was aware that I was using food as a way to numb out a flurry of thoughts, emotions, memories and planning, particularly after coming home from work. After completing the program, I now see that my eating pattern was a lot more complex than simply numbing out emotions from the day. I had a lot of unhealed childhood shame to process, and I recognized the negative self-talk and fear that kept me turning to food, rather than treating myself with true compassion. I now eat more slowly, allow myself to leave food on my plate, have compassion for myself if and when I eat to excess, remind myself of how awesome I am, give gratitude for my food and the daily gifts in life, and breath deeply during tough times. I am choosing love over fear. I enjoyed the journaling exercises for this program and supporting material. The Facebook group was a great place to share insights and get support as well. If you're ready to uncover the roots of your disordered eating patterns, this program will send you on a loving journey!" 

~ Katelyn Phelan  

"I am a 51 year old full-time housewife and carer for my 3 children, 2 are on the autistic spectrum. I have struggled with weight issues for over 20 years. Having tried all the diets, I found it impossible to lose even a pound and keep it off. I felt very stuck The course has given me a much better understanding of why I might be having these issues. I have so many new ways of approaching the problem, and I do feel I can make small changes to my lifestyle and diet which will bring about the permanent weight loss I am seeking. The biggest change I have noticed is in my self-esteem and how I view myself. I have begun to love myself again - buying new clothes, taking more care of my appearance, feeling more self worth. I am taking back my life and enjoying hobbies again. It is having an impact on those around me and I feel my personal relationships are improving more and more every day. The group support was priceless. I also appreciate having access to all the course materials to review and repeat lessons as I work through all the underlying issues. I no longer feel stuck, I feel renewed optimism that I can have a happy and fulfilled life - no matter what I weigh! I would recommend this course as it does not just focus on diet and exercise, but instead examines the causes of weight issues and how to work through those causes and not just apply a sticking plaster to the symptoms." 

~ Suzanne Green  

 "When I was introduced to the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the idea of looking at food in a different way seemed intriguing. I had tried everything else out there, but nothing seemed to stick with me (except the extra weight). I was excited about starting the program. I knew my challenges with overeating and binging were “between my ears,” but I had never pursued support for that. I just kept trying one diet after another. The eight weeks of lectures were amazing. Marc captures the real needs that we as human beings have and explains how many of us fill those needs with food. The program encourages us to love ourselves, be kind to ourselves, and to progress through this new way of thinking in baby steps. The other amazingly helpful aspect of this program was the access to a private Facebook page where I could post about my frustrations, concerns, or celebrations. I always received support not only from other members, but from a coach as well. I would recommend this program to anyone who has struggled with their relationship with food. If you have been on myriad diets and “failed,” this program is for you. If you wonder why you eat the way you do, especially if you know it is unhealthy, this program is for you. If you look at your body and are disgusted by what you see, this program is for you. This program is a window through which you can climb to change your world into a more loving, dynamic, and happy place. A world we all deserve to live in." 

~ Ellen Stickney  

 "I am in my 50th year (having finally beaten bulimia 12 years ago). My ongoing issue has been continuing to struggle with binge/compulsive eating cycles and long standing body issues, since age 15. With 30+ years of various diets/fitness regimes/counselling approaches/books/audios etc., I had a good “toolbox” of tricks, but deep down I knew the answers I sought lay within me, not “out there” somewhere. I just didn’t know where to begin... And then I found Transform Your Relationship with Food. I was feeling overwhelmed in yet another meltdown over how I looked and how I ate (that is, healthily in the outside world and sugar binges in secret). Things are looking up for sure! The program gave me several “eureka” moments. Firstly, I am learning to love who I am NOW (inside and out) and see food as something nutritious to enjoy, something that feeds my natural appetite, and not something that I use to punish myself. Also, that it’s actually OK to eat food regularly, without guilt! I have had a better relationship with food in the past 8 weeks than the past 30+ plus years! Yes, I’ve also had not so good days with old binge habits, but have observed and watched my thinking mind and interrupted the negative language that always follows – I am slowly beginning to break the cycle. I’m treating each day with food and body as a personal experiment. I certainly recommend the program. It is way beyond dieting and how to fix eating problems. It can help you to reconnect with who you truly are as an individual (and eater). Marc delivers the course as an expert in his field but speaks as if he knows our pain around food and body image, and that is quite endearing and apparent in how he connects to his listeners with such congruence. The course is profound and takes you on your own personal journey that can enable you to find the answers you seek – right where they have always been – within! " 

~ Julie Davis  

"I thought about getting into the program for almost a year. I had doubts about how difficult it would be, or maybe it would be just another plan that wouldn't work. I didn't want to spend my time and money, but most of all I didn't want to be disappointed yet another time. A friend of mine told me about her experience with the coaching program and I saw how her attitude changed around food and body image. So I took my chance and registered. Since week one I realized that it was worth it, the time, the money, the hope of a new life. Every word has made an impact in my mind and soul. I begun a journey to change this aspect of my life that made me so miserable, took so much of my energy. I wanted to stop thinking about food, but I got so much more. I have seen into my soul, and I can easily say that I have modified every aspect of my life. It's not magic of course, not a quick fix; it is a journey that requires lots of work, soul searching, compassion towards oneself and others, and definitely being open to new strategies and beliefs. But I have found that it is a pleasant journey. The Facebook group was a great surprise and an excellent tool. The support is amazing and the Institute team's guidance took me (and others) to a greater level of connection with my feeling and experiences." 

~ Monica Memun  

"The Transform Your Relationship with Food program has opened my eyes to far more than my relationship with food. In taking the time to love and nurture myself, I feel better able to relate to others and support those I cherish most. I feel far more confident to try new foods and I am learning to love to cook and experiment. Eating is no longer something to be feared and controlled but to be enjoyed. I feel able to get on with my life; food is for nourishment and is no longer an obsession. The journaling exercises and practices have been a useful tool to reflect on my progress and I will continue to use them in the future. I would recommend this program to anyone who struggles to regulate their appetite and gives over more power to food than it deserves. For anyone who wants to make peace with themselves and be free from self-hate, guilt, and shame around their eating habits, this is the course for you. Thank you for giving me the insight to slow down, breathe deep, and be present in my own life. I feel comfortable in my own skin and am enjoying life's journey. I have thoroughly embraced being imperfect. Long may my relationship with food be harmonious." 

~ Bex Howells  

"Having been on a health path for over 25 years now, this program has been the most in-depth approach I have experienced in all I have done so far that is food related. Marc David has offered to me my bible of health, food, and a relationship with myself. Now, after this 8 weeks program, I experience myself, my life and the way I see food in a completely different way. What is powerful to me is that it keeps resonating and growing in me, bigger and bigger every day. I feel the material unconsciously growing its way into my system, and positive changes in my eating habits and diet are happening in an easy way, versus a place of “pushing” or “having to change” something. I highly recommend this program! Not only is Marc's content captivating... also I very much enjoy listening to his style of presentation. It captures my attention over and over again, and from the beginning to the end of each session I am 100% with him. That makes for a really easy way of learning! Anyone on this planet can get amazing benefits out of this program, since it's so deeply ingrained in your own personal growth! Although food and eating is the inroad, it really comes to seeing who you are in your life in a much more complex way. I wish this program would be part of all school curriculums, since it would give young people a chance to see themselves in a much different light. And this goes for all ages! I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with themselves." 

~ Gitta Sivander  

"I began the Institute for the Psychology of Eating course in a state of desperation. I spent many years battling mysterious dietary problems, several autoimmune conditions, as well as adrenal problems. I spent more money that I can recall on supplements, went on every nutritional diet I could get my hands on and tried every alternative therapy out there - Rolfing, osteopathic doctors, Ayurvedic doctors, acupuncture, yoga, exercise. Still, nothing worked – my life was on hold while I waited for someone to fix me. This program finally provided me with the insight I had always known, but never was able to accept. Deep down, I suspected that there were components of my health issues that were not going to be able to be solved by “fixing my biochemistry.” As a scientist, it was hard to see that these very physical manifestations were somehow rooted in my mind. Now it is clear, very clear. I’m not perfectly healthy, but I am much happier and calmer. I love the concept of not seeing myself as broken and being able to live and enjoy my life. I am eternally thankful to this program for teaching a different story that allowed me to see that the responsibility lies on my shoulders and how that shift in thinking grants me the power to live the life I want to live. I hope others benefit as much as I have from this amazing program – we would be such an amazing society if this is how we all approached our health." 

~ Christine Sholar  

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